May, 2017

Commercial Construction Labor Trends & Hiring Strategies: Why Young Hires are Good Business for General Contractors

Commercial Construction

If you’re like me, your social media feed this month is filled with photos of happy graduates celebrating commencement and getting ready to begin the next chapter of their lives. Hopefully, we’ll see some of those fresh young graduates heading toward a career in commercial construction.

Three Reasons to Use Branded Construction Workwear

Construction Marketing Blog

There’s a certain image that people have when they think “construction worker.” Hard hat, steel-toed boots, tools of the trade (not to be confused with our book of the same name), and protective gear—all part of the construction worker’s brand image as a construction worker.

Selling a House with Solar Panels is Not for the Faint of Heart

Green Building Law Update

There are more than a Million houses in the U.S. with solar panels installed on the roof and that number is increasing. It can be difficult if not dangerous to fail to properly address rooftop solar panels at the time of sale of a house.

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Innovation in Timber

Collaborative Construction

The excerpted and linked article below explores innovations in the timber industry in Australia. Authored by David Chandler, FAIB out of Sydney, Australia, the article serves as a reminder of the global nature of innovation in the built industry.

2017 Construction Forecast: A Post-Election Update

What's on tap for construction's economic fortunes in 2017?

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Factors Affecting Durability of Lightweight Concrete and its Remedies

The Constructor

Lightweight concrete has many applications and hence its significant to know its durability properties and resistance in different environmental. Concrete Technology Guide For CIvil Engineer Light Weight Concrete Concrete Technology Durability Light weight concrete

Maximizing Marketing and Sales Teamwork Webcast

Construction Marketing Blog

The Construction Marketing Association (CMA) announces a national webcast—Marketing and Sales Teamwork Maximized—with a focus on the construction-related industries. The webcast will be Thursday May 18, 2017 at 1 pm CST.

New Sustainable Projects Exhibit in 2017 AIA Contract Documents

Green Building Law Update

If you are regular reader of this blog you are aware there has been a hiatus in postings. I have been climbing in the Himalayas in Nepal for the past month and, in fact, am composing this blog post sitting in the lobby of the Yak and Yeti hotel in Kathmandu, as I begin to make way home.

Fracking in Argentina

Collaborative Construction

Shale oil and gas reserves abound globally. However, to date, only America has successfully tapped those reserves. Working diligently behind the scenes Argentina now appears ready to join the US on the world stage as a serious player in the shale gas market.

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You Can't Improve Construction Safety from Inside a Filing Cabinet

How mobile technology can mitigate risk, save money, and provide a competitive advantage.

ArchiCAD 21 – New Stair Tool


Sorry Graphisoft, I can’t get enthusiastic about your new stair tool.

Off-Grid Recycling Plant Built Out of a Shipping Container

Jetson Green

While we have many options for recycling in developed areas of the world, such is not the case in remote, underdeveloped regions. Transporting plastic waste to a recycling plant from such areas is costly, but there is a new solution now.

Types of Concrete Pavements -Their Construction Details and Applications

The Constructor

Concrete pavement which is occasionally called rigid pavement is a concrete layer that is in contact with traffics directly and it is used for. Concrete Technology Guide For CIvil Engineer Pavement Design Transportation concrete pavement Concrete Technology Pavements Transportation Engineering

Sheffield Korte JV Begins Work at Cannon AFB, NM

The Korte Company

The Sheffield Korte Joint Venture has been awarded a 24,000 square foot Design-Build facility through the U.S. Corps of Engineers. The addition for the 551st Squad Operations Facility at Cannon Air Force Base consists of a new multi-story operations and training facility

Construction Health Indicator (We're keeping score.)

The Construction Health Indicator is a daily pulse of the construction industry.

Is the 2018 IgCC Doomed to Fail?

Green Building Law Update

Last week the ICC and ASHRAE issued joint news releases on the status of the “unified green building code that could become the foundation for LEED certification” that will be published as the 2018 version of the International Green Construction Code.

R3 Consortium's Distributed Ledger - Corda

Collaborative Construction

A lot of interesting developments in the blockchain space. The R3 Consortium, made up of a number of international banks, successfully syndicated a loan on its distributed ledger, Corda.

10 Best Construction Simulator Games


Photo: Megapolis Game: Welcome to My City by YouTubeYouTube. Have you ever felt the need to explain to others what construction is all about? Or simply to see first-hand how tough working on a construction site actually is? Well, now you can!

Family Experiments with Sustainable Living

Jetson Green

Helly Scholten of Holland has been living in an experimental sustainable house with her family since June 2015. The home was created by a team of students and researchers at the Rotterdam University and looks a lot like an oversized greenhouse.

Tunnel Construction Techniques and Their Details

The Constructor

A tunnel construction is an underground passage provided beneath earth surface or water. Different methods of tunnel construction and their details. Construction Engineering & Management Construction Tunnelling

National Safety Stand-Down prevents falls during construction

The Korte Company

Falls are the leading cause of worker fatality in the construction industry each year, and they’re almost always preventable. To combat this trend, OSHA coordinated its annual National Safety Stand-Down with construction industry organizations from May 8 - 12.



SAB Magazine

Located in a new and fast-growing neighbourhood of Winnipeg, the Amber Trails Community School recently became the first school in Manitoba, and only the second in Canada, to achieve LEED Platinum certification.

Smart Contracts on the Blockchain

Collaborative Construction

Smart Contracts Built on the Blockchain James L. Salmon Introduction Entities interested in creating smart cultures, both internally and among their collaborative partners, need to understand smart contracts and how to deploy those smart contracts on a blockchain. Deploying these innovative new tools on a secure worldwide operating system promises to revolutionize business and government.

The Future Of Construction – BIM


Building Information Modeling (BIM) can be a valuable tool in the hands of anyone who works in construction. There’s no doubt that, the concept of collaborative working is becoming more and more popular through the years.

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Are self-sustaining eco-communities the future?

Jetson Green

There is no longer any doubt left that finding more sustainable ways to live are crucial to ensure the continued survival of our planet. And that is exactly what the ReGen Village project aims to achieve.

Different Rolled Steel Sections -Shapes, Sizes and Properties for Construction

The Constructor

Rolled steel sections are available in various forms for use in Steel Construction. Shapes, sizes and properties of these rolled steel sections are. Steel Design Steel Structures Structural Engineering Structural

A year after its facelift, Boston’s Public Library is relevant again


About 1.5 million people visited the Boston Public Library between July 2016 and March 2017. That’s a 22% increase over what the library drew from July 2015 through March 2016.

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Our favorite St. Louis construction projects

The Korte Company

For nearly 60 years, we’ve been proudly building in the region we call home. There’s a lot going for St. Louis right now, and it’s because its business and civic leaders have been dedicated to making it a place where folks want to live, work and play.

The biggest secret, those with vested interest in BIM do not want you to know!


If you are, or have been involved with BIM in any sort of form, move past the cheesy headline of this post and think: are you truly confident that this ‘BIM’ thing is working?

Map of the biggest construction companies in the US


We recently researched which companies are the biggest in construction. That lead to a list of the biggest construction companies in Europe , and a map to go with it. But one can’t talk about construction and big companies without talking about the US as well.

A Tiny House Community Going Up in Colorado

Jetson Green

The firm Sprout Tiny Homes will be building a 200 house community in Salida, Colorado. The houses will be available for rent, while there will also be a number of communal features such as a gym, a restaurant, and more.

What is Screed in Concrete Construction? Properties and Composition of Screeds

The Constructor

Screed in concrete construction is a flat board used to smoothen the concrete after it has been placed over a surface. Properties and composition of. Concrete Technology Guide For CIvil Engineer Concrete Technology

Shandong Ruyi Technology Group Chooses Arkansas For First North American Facility

Business Facilities Blog

The China-based textile manufacturer will invest $410M, create up to 800 jobs in Forrest City, AR. Business Facilities - Area Economic Development, Site Selection & Workforce Solutions. Business Facilities - Area Economic Development, Site Selection & Workforce Solutions - The Source For Corporate Site Selectors. Shandong Ruyi Technology Group Chooses Arkansas For First North American Facility. BF Staff.